Tuesday 6
Using Fuzzy Logic Cognitive Mapping as a participatory approach to understand structure, dynamics and change in social-ecological systems.
Steven Gray, Stefan Gray, Barry O'Dwyer
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE C
Mental Modeler: Incorporating stakeholder knowledge into natural resource decision-making through a Fuzzy-logic Cognitive Mapping (FCM) software tool
Steven Gray  1@  
1 : University of Massachusetts Boston  (UMASS)  -  Website
School for the Environment 100 Morrissey Blvd Boston, MA 02125 -  États-Unis

There is a growing interest in and use of Fuzzy-logic Cognitive Mapping (FCM) as a methodological tool for environmental research and in community planning. In recent years, FCM has been applied to a diverse set of natural resource case studies ranging from fisheries management to agricultural development in an effort to generate predictive models which are useful for both facilitating social-ecological decision-making and in illuminating the core presumptions of environmental stakeholders. This increase in popularity is due in no small part to FCM's "bottom-up" approach and its ability to integrate individual, community-level and expert knowledge. In this presentation I will present the architecture and various uses of a FCM-based software program called Mental Modeler. Using case study data developed from community-driven models of the bushmeat trade in Tanzania and coastal planning in Hawaii, this presentation will outline the usefulness and limitations of the participatory modeling software to facilitate scenario planning and to promote learning among stakeholders. I also discuss using the FCM data collected from communities as a basis to explicitly engage stakeholders in a discussion about managing resource systems toward desirable or undesirable states through collaborative scenario analysis.


Note: This presentation is being submitted as part of the proposed session: Using Fuzzy Logic Cognitive Mapping as a participatory approach to understand structure, dynamics and change in social-ecological systems.


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